Sydney Observatory Tourist Attraction

Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory is the oldest observatory in Australia, built in 1858. Initially, Sydney Observatory had very wide functions: it carried out astronomical and meteorological observations, determined the exact time and navigation coordinates. Research works continued until 1982. The Observatory is now a museum. Here visitors can observe the stars through unique computerized telescopes with lens diameter of 29 and 42 cm as well as through a hydrogen telescope (for observing the Sun). Visitors of the Museum can also visit a planetarium with a sky map, 3D theater, a lecture hall and a souvenir shop. There are expositions telling about the history of this academic institution and meteorological studies in Australia in the exhibition halls of Sydney Observatory. Tourists from Europe visiting Sydney Observatory are provided with a unique opportunity to see the picture of the starry sky of the Southern hemisphere, and it can be done both day and night. Children will be particularly interested in lecture with a demonstration of a missile launch. You can get to the Observatory by train or by ferryboat. You need to get to Circular Quay, then follow George Street, Argyle Street, opposite the Garrison Church, to mount the stairs and go through the Park; to follow York Street Wynyard from the railway station Wynyard, turn onto Kent Street and walk North, mount the stairs; to go by one of the buses №431, 432, 433, 308, 339, 343, to reach Argyle Street and mount to Watson Road.

Open hours

Day Visit:
Daily: 10:00 - 17:00
Night Visit:
I - VI: Start times vary according to time of year (tours only)


1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: (+61) 2 9217 0111
E-Mail: [email protected]
33° 51′ 34.46″ S, 151° 12′ 16.48″ E

Ticket price

Free entrance
Regular price: Day visit: free admission; Day tour from 10 $; night tour from $20

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